Phillies SP Joe Blanton threw his first complete game shut out in nearly five years. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
28 runs were scored between the Phillies and Braves last night. This afternoon: Only four.
All four runs belonged to the Phillies, who backed Joe Blanton’s best pitching performance of the season as the Phillies won, 4-0. They took two of three games from the Braves, gaining ground in the standings as they prepare themselves for their first series against the Nationals of the season.
Blanton threw only 88 pitches for his first complete game since July 3, 2007 and his first shut out since June 2, 2007. He allowed only three hits, striking out six.
Six of the nine innings Blanton pitched were 1-2-3 innings.
The Phils scored right away in the first inning, playing some more small ball. Jimmy Rollins led off with a bloop single and Juan Pierre bunted his way on. Rollins then advanced to third on a Shane Victorino fly out and scored on a sacrifice fly from Hunter Pence for a quick 1-0 lead.
That was all Blanton needed, who made the Braves offense that tapped Roy Halladay for eight runs look rather foolish. Blanton faced four batters in an inning only twice all game.
The Phillies added some insurance via the longball.
In the 7th inning, the Phils made it 2-0 on a long solo home run by Laynce Nix to dead center, his second of the season. The in the 9th, Victorino ripped a two-run blast to right field, his team-high fifth of the season.
Randall Delgado was fantastic for the Braves too. He entered the game with a 6.30 ERA and held the Phillies to only two runs through eight innings.
The Phillies evened themselves back up to .500 and are only 2.5 games behind the Braves for second and a half-game behind the Mets for third.
2B: Pence (5). HR: Nix (2), Victorino (5).
WP: Blanton (3-3). LP: Delgado (2-3).